Whitman School

School Grade Levels: K-5

7326 SE Flavel StPortland, OR 97206Ph 503-916-6370Fx 503-916-2684

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  • What's Happening at Whitman?

    School's Out for Summer! But it's going to go quickly. Here are some very important things that you need to know for next school year.

    Due to changes at the federal level, students at Whitman School will have to apply and be approved to receive free lunch next year. Students who are approved for free/reduced lunch, will have to enter their Student ID number at meal times. Students who are ineligible will have to pay $2.80 with cash, check, or debit/credit card online if they want to purchase lunch. 
     
    You can apply for free and reduced lunch starting on July 1st. To apply for the Free meal benefits, choose from one of the following:
    Please note that Breakfast will remain free for all students, but will also require entry of Student ID numbers. If you have any questions, please contact Nutrition Services at 503.916.3399 or email nutritionservices@pps.net.
     
    School offices will reopen August 11th. Assignment notifications will be sent home in August. In the meantime, if you'd like to start purchasing items for school, click here for the school supplies needed for each grade.
     
    Enjoy your summer and keep reading! 
     
    SchoolPay 
    Introducing SchoolPay! SchoolPay is the safest and easiest way to electronically pay for school-related fees. Eliminate last minute check writing hassles and lost cash. SchoolPay allows parents to pay for items across many school departments. Here are some ways you can use it:
    • Pay for field trips
    • Beginning Fall 2017, you can pay library fines/charges 
    You can find SchoolPay on the Whitman website, in the "Quick Links" column on the left.
     
    A note about SchoolPay from Whitman's Librarian:
    You may have heard of -- or even used -- School Pay, the district’s new system for providing students and families with a new method for making payments and for notification of fines or charges incurred -- and it’s all online! 

    Beginning Fall 2017, library fines/charges will also show up in School Pay so that students and families will be able to pay for lost or damaged materials online. The fines/charges will still show up in Destiny, but syncing between the two systems will allow for accounts to be updated nightly. 

    Students with outstanding charges for overdue books will be notified of the titles to look for and return before the school year ends, thus ensuring that their library account will be clear of fines for the start of the 2017-18 school year.  

    Questions?  Contact Mrs. Butler at gbutler@pps.net 

    Grace Butler

    Teacher Librarian 

Principal's
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  • Principal Ruth Tucker

    Dear Whitman Families,

     

    I hope you are enjoying the brief intervals of sunshine so far this spring. The garden is looking beautiful. Thank you to everyone who came to our garden party!

     

    The first week of May is Staff Appreciation Week at schools. I feel so grateful to have a wonderful team to work with on behalf of your children. They are dedicated, committed to your students’ success, and they demonstrate care and love in every interaction they have. Please join me in showing your appreciation this week. Take some time to stop by and say thank you.

     

    I also want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers who in all ways, shapes, and forms support and help our students and teachers. It is our goal that Whitman is the center of our community, and you help make that possible!

     

    We are happy to announce that Whitman will have two full day Head Start classrooms starting this coming school year. We are excited about the opportunities this provides our families and students. Come to the office or check the website for more information.

     

    Respectfully,

    RuthTucker

     

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    Check your common perceptions of summer school at the door.  Because at Benson High School, the site of PPS’s Summer Scholars program, the sheer numbers, structure and atmosphere is not what you’d expect.
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  • Interviews under way for PPS superintendent

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.

    The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.

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  • Meet Yousef Awwad

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     Yousef Awwad, Interim PPS Superintendent

    From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district

    At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.

    Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.

    Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?

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  • Board hears update on superintendent search

    The new PPS Board of Education held its first regular meeting Tuesday to discuss the search for a permanent superintendent and hear from a community group about the future of Tubman Middle School.

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